In order to see where trends are headed, it is often important to understand where they are coming from. When we look at suits today, we are spoiled for choice when deciding the cut, style and colors. For this week’s post, we decided to explore the evolution of men’s suits as far back as we could to come up with a timeline that allows you to explore trends leading up to present day suits. Through wikipedia, we went as far back as the 1600s, where the trends for suits first started, following them into the 1800s when Brummell’s influence made the extravagant clothes more sombre. From the 1800s, it becomes easier to follow trends through the Regency period through the Victorian era, when frockcoats were the rage. The Edwardian period, in the first decade of the 1900s, saw frockcoats being replaced by morning coats and the lounge suits – the predecessor of modern day suits – started gaining some prominence as well.
The 20th century is obviously the most documented period and we can follow the trends from the 1910s to present day easily:
The Industrial Age was where suits were worn with pants pulled higher and with a waistcoat. By the 1940s, World War II resulted in more minimalist suits where fabric was used as sparingly as possible due to rationing. The 1960s saw the popularization of the skinny suits with stars like the Beatles donning them. The 1990s went back to a trend of minimalism and finally, the first decade of the 21st century saw a return to flamboyance with the rise of the metrosexual.
We hope that you will let us know how you think suits are evolving and where you think they are headed in future in the comments below!
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